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Old 06-03-2019, 10:36 PM
Location: Redwood Shores, CA
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In a foreign country, we have to take the trouble to go to US embassy for notary, which is a major pain. Then each signature costs 50 USD. During the one hour that I was there, I saw at least 5 people there for this, some doing multiple signatures. There seems a major need for notary public service overseas.

Anyone familiar with this business?
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Old 06-04-2019, 12:03 AM
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In foreign countries you go to the embassy because that's where US notaries who's authority to act outside the boundaries of an appointing state are located. Despite popular believes, US notaries do not have the legal right to act in a foreign country even if it's for a US citizen. Notaries in foreign countries are available but their notarial act isn't always recognized within the USA. So, using a foreign notary in another country for notarial acts destined for the USA is available but if the US entity won't accept it, might as well go to the US Embassy and get the paperwork notarized by a notary valid in the USA.
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Old 06-04-2019, 09:22 AM
Location: North Idaho
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The embassy is the only place on US soil. It's very possible that notaries can't be licensed outside the USA.

But, I agree, it could be a great business if it can be legally done.

If there is a US military base, and if you can legally get onto the base, there will be a notary located on the base (for an alternative of going to the embassy)
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